Dead Man's Shoes (1939)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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A case of mistaken identity is the basis for this drama. The trouble begins when a rich entrepreneur is accused of being the notorious thief, Jean Pelletier, who performed his infamous robberies in the years preceding the war. A court battle ensues. The industrialist states that he suffered amnesia during the war. His fiance found him from a newspaper picture. Pelletier's ex-lover then testifies that the man is indeed Pelletier. Another man swears that he had witnessed the robber's death during the war. The accused is acquitted and goes home. The witness waylays him and tells the man that he lied, and that if he doesn't pay him a large ransom, he will tell the court. The poor businessman is truly confused. His amnesia was quite real so there is a definite possibility that he is the thief. He becomes fixated with discovering the truth. He goes to Pelletier's ex-love, and the thief's mother. They convince him. He really is Pelletier. The man decides to turn himself in, but his lawyer convinces him not to do it. In the meantime, the mistress learning that the blackmailer is planning to spill the beans anyway, takes matters into her own hand.

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accusation, identity-crisis, amnesia, blackmail, claim, confusion, court [law], criminal, death, dishonesty, false-accusation, fiancee, identification, industrialist, lawyer, lost, lover, memory, mistaken-identity, mistress, mother, police, robbery, son, testimony, war, witness, wound [injury], bank, man